A series of online modules have been created to simulate the team-based learning (TBL) experience offered at the over 20 genomic pathology in-person workshops conducted by the Training Residents in Genomics Working Group (TRIG). Released in 2016, the four core areas of the TRIG curriculum are covered: single gene testing; prognostic gene panel testing; design of a multigene assay and whole exome sequencing. Following introductory information providing the curricular framework, each of the four core modules consist of the following components 1) An instructor-delivered 15-30 minute interactive PowerPoint lecture that allows the participant to answer preparation questions and review content needed to undertake the TBL activity. 2) A 30-45 minute activity simulating the TBL environment. The participant answers questions with their “team” and learns, through guided simulation, the use of online genomics tools. 3) An instructor-delivered 15-30 minute PowerPoint lecture presenting answers to the activity questions. At the end of the final module there is also a summary of the key concepts and a short review of non-oncology genomic testing. About TRIG: The TRIG Working Group was formed through the Pathology Residency Directors Section (PRODS) of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC). The goals of this group, made up of experts in medical education, molecular pathology, and clinical genetics, are to develop teaching tools and promote genomic pathology education. The TRIG Working Group represents a unique collaborative effort in pathology education with members from many major pathology organizations and representatives from the National Society of Genetic Counselors and American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. The development of TRIG Working Group resources is supported by an R25 grant from the National Cancer Institute with administrative and educational design support provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Note to Physician Assistants: The primary focus of this resource is to provide tools to teach genomic testing to pathology residents. An introduction and four online genomic pathology modules are provided: single gene testing, prognostic gene panel testing, design of a multigene assay, and whole exome sequencing. These modules will provide the physician assistant with knowledge of genomic tests used by pathologists, in collaboration with genetic counselors and medical geneticists, to provide patients with personalized risk prediction, medication dosing, diagnosis, and prognosis.
Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.